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Transpacific trade growth rebound

Transpacific eastbound container volumes have rebounded by 16.9% in January 2024 and full year volumes are expected to record positive growth again after falling by 15.1% last year. Transpacific carriers have been able to take advantage of the strong cargo rebound with freight rates more than 200% higher compared to last year. The Top 3 carriers (COSCO, CMA CGM and Evergreen) have managed to retain their positions in January, and all 3 are members of the OCEAN Alliance who are poised  to stren


Chinese Ports Continued To Report Strong Throughput

Chinese ports recorded strong volume gains in November with an aggregate increase of 3.7% compared to the same month last year. Year to date volumes for the first 11 months of the year reached 3.6%, led by strong gains in river ports. A large part of the Chinese port gains are coming from inland water-to-water transshipment volumes which has significantly boosted overall numbers compared to the rest of the world. Shanghai was the first Chinese port to report its full year 2023 performance, wit


THE re-routing eased Panama congestion, for now

Congestion at Panama has started to ease after THE Alliance cancelled all of their southbound Panama transits on their all-water services EC1, EC2 and EC6 as of last week, with omissions also planned on all of the northbound transits starting from next week onwards. At least 5 of these ships on the backhaul route will be returning via the Cape of Good Hope and avoiding the Suez Canal as well. However, all of the headhaul sailings on the 3 affected all-water strings will still take the Suez Route


Early Data Suggested Decent Throughput Growth Globally in Sep

Global container throughput increased by 5.4% in September, based on flash estimates from Linerlytica’s global ports survey. It is the strongest monthly growth rate achieved so far in 2023, although this is tempered by the low base in September 2022 when container volumes first showed signs of weakness after the frenetic growth in the previous 2 years. The strong September growth rate raised  the 3rd quarter throughput growth to 1.9% - the first positive quarter this year. YTD volumes remain n


Peak Season Ended Early, As Latest Port Data Showed

Initial ports data for September suggests cargo volumes have already started to drop ahead of the Chinese holidays in October, confirming the weak peak season trend this year. Container volumes fell month on month across the 4 main Far East ports that have published their September volumes so far at Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, with the falls ranging from -2.8% to -4.5%. Despite the reduced MoM volumes, they were mostly still ahead of the same period last year with Shenzhen in p


Operation at Israelis Ports Continued Amid Conflicts

Israeli ports have come under the spotlight following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war over the weekend. The 2 main Israeli ports of Ashdod and Haifa that handle over 3.1m teu of container cargo annually have continued cargo operations through the weekend despite the military operations at Gaza. The situation remains fluid after Israel formally declared war for the first time since 1973 but the impact on the container shipping market is limited for now. So far no major congestion hotspots


China Port Throughput Diverge From Rest of The World

Container volume data for August is still not available, with official Chinese port data delayed yet again. The data from the Ministry of Transport has been delayed by up to 2 weeks since August 2022 with no explanation provided for the late release. The official Chinese port volumes that have been published so far shows a significant divergence in container volume growth at Chinese ports compared to the rest of the world since August 2022. Average volume growth in the last 12 months reached 3.

Port Congestion

Port Congestion Continues To Ease

Congestion at Asia ports have cleared gradually after heavy rain in early August from typhoon Doksoru and Khanun caused flooding across multiple North Asian regions. Southern California ports were also hit by Hurricane Hilary over the weekend, but port operations were not materially impacted with both the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach to re-open on 21 August after the partial shutdown the day before. There were no containerships waiting at the San Pedro Bay anchorage, and no buildup in po


Hapag-Lloyd completes acquisiton of SAAM

Hapag-Lloyd has completed the acquisition of SAAM's port and logistics operations for a total price of $995m on 1 August 2023 after securing relevant regulatory approvals. The deal was first announced on 4 October 2022 with a binding agreement signed on 6 October 2022. The transaction includes interests in 1o terminals in Iquique, Antofagasta, San Antonio, San Vicente and Corral (Chile), Port Everglades (United States / Florida), Mazatlán (Mexico), Buenavista (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and


Russian container trade volumes rebound

Total container volumes handled at Russian ports rebounded sharply in the 2nd quarter of 2023 with a 33% yoy gain despite the ongoing sanctions against Russia. Far East gateway volumes through Vladivostok, Vostochny and Nakhodka grew by 39%, while volumes handled at the Black Sea gateway of Novorossiysk increased by 40%. Although the Baltic gateways of St Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Kaliningrad rebounded strongly by 25% compared to a year ago, total Baltic volumes remain at less than half of their

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